Jun
2
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Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
May 31, 2016 
Dear Members, 
I would like to give a big welcome to the new additions to Laguna Farm, the healthy eaters at West County Health Centers.  Both Forestville and Sebastopol centers have become “neighborhood drop sites” where folks in the area can pick up their CSA produce box weekly.  More and more health centers are inviting Laguna Farm to serve their community as the link between wellness and eating more fruits and veggies is clear.

This week’s produce box is featuring fresh dug potatoes!  There is nothing like eating a spring potato that was dug from the earth just days before consuming.  In fact, the potatoes in the “Tuesday” produce boxes were dug on Monday and the potatoes in the “Thursday” produce boxes were dug on Tuesday.  You really can’t get much fresher than that.  This is part of what brings our health centers to our CSA.  Access to super fresh,locally grown produce rewards you with optimum nutrition. 
Remember, we are encouraging folks to customize your box by adding on extra fruits and vegetables. If you would like to  create a “standing order” you will get produce items in your CSA box before it goes into the store, thereby putting you in the front of the line for items that are often sold out.  Home delivery and neighborhood drop site folks can get carrots every week with a standing order. It is best for us that you manage your extra purchases yourself, but if you need help, we will gladly assist you. Just hit reply and let us know what you would like added on to your CSA.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cucumber, Zucchini, Carrots, Kale, Super-fresh Potatoes and garlic.

New Potatoes or Super Fresh, Laguna Farm Potatoes.
New Laguna Farm Potatoes
New potatoes are freshly harvested young, or small, potatoes. They do not refer to any variety, but rather the season and freshness. They have paper-thin skins and lots of moisture inside, and they tend to be sweeter than older potatoes (in much the same way that freshly picked corn is so much sweeter than cobs that have been sitting around for a few days). New potatoes are pure perfection in potato salads or simply boiled with a bit of butter and a few chopped herbs.  I suggest eating them as simply as possible so you can enjoy the earthy taste come through.
Juice Boxes
Cucumber, Kale, Fennel, Strawberries, Oranges, Carrots, Nectarines.


Carrot Nectarine Smoothie!
Here is to the first time I have ever tried making a smoothie out of carrots.  I usually pop them into the juicer and either drink the juice as is, or use the fresh carrot juice as the liquid in a smoothie.  Our Laguna Farm carrots are so super juicy, you can smoothie up the whole vegetable, keeping th fiber in your drink.  Here is how I successfully made a smoothie out of carrots and nectarines: Cut one medium or two small carrots into thin pieces. Add to your blender and pulse on high until thoroughly shredded. Cut the pit from one nectarine and chop into large pieces. Add the nectarine to the blender along with one cup of almond milk. Blend until completely smooth. Sprinkle a teaspoon of chia seeds on top and enjoy!  For those who like frozen smoothies, consider freezing your nectarine ahead of time and substituting up to 1/2 of the almond milk with ice.  Blend the ingredients on high. 
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May
25
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
May 24, 2016
Dear Members,
It is a great time to come out and tour the farm!  The fields are dry enough to walk to and we have lots of baby plantings to show off.  Come out on Thursday, June 2nd at 2:00 for a free 50 minute tour.  Feel free to invite your friends.  They can shop in the farm stand and pick up a coupon for a discounted first CSA box.
 
Summer produce is being harvested and it is not even summer yet!  Zucchini and cucumbers are growing so abundantly we are putting them in your CSA this week.

 

 

Want strawberries?  Extra salad?  Mushrooms or bread?  How about guaranteed carrots!   If you create a “standing order” you will get it in your CSA box before it goes into the store. It is best for us that you manage your extra purchases yourself, but if you need help, we will gladly assist you. Just hit reply and let us know what you would like added on to your CSA.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Bok Choy, Spring Onions, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Kale, Carrots on Thursday, Beets on Tuesday.
 
Spicy “everything” topping

I have been playing around with fresh and spicy toppings for my meals.  I love to add tomatoes when they are in season, but without them, I am actually more creative. Try this!

1 cucumber, chopped peel included.

1 bunch radishes minced.

1 bunch cilantro, chopped.

2 spring onions minced.

1 or 2 hot peppers (to taste) –

Lemon – to taste

Method:  Prepare all the vegetables and keep them separate.  In a blender, combine 1 pepper (to start), 1/4 cup cucumber, 1/4 cup cilantro and a splash of lemon.  Blend well adding a splash of water if needed.  This is your dressing. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill for an hour before serving as a condiment.  This is very adaptable.  Other veggies to consider in the mix include:  Turnips, fennel, beets (I suggest par-boiling the beets), parsley, tomatoes – in season, zucchini.

Juice Boxes
Cucumber, Kale, Beets, Strawberries, Oranges, Ginger, Cilantro, Bok Choy on Tuesday, Carrots on Thursday.

Photo complements of Desktop Cook
Strawberries are in full swing!
Throughout the season, it is my aim to include a basket of berries in the juicing boxes weekly.  Before the citrus runs out, I suggest you try this wonderful Moroccan recipe using your Laguna Farm strawberries!
Blend:  1/2 basket frozen strawberries with 1 cup orange juice and a handful of ice.  Most recipes call for sugar to taste, but I recommend honey or even just letting the sweetness of the berries shine through.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

May
19
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
May 18, 2016
Dear Members,
We happy to say that the first of the spring carrot crop is being harvested. They sure are a funny looking bunch as our carrot crop was slowly growing during some pretty cold days. Rather than pushing down further into the chilly earth, some decided to fork off and stay near the surface.  These carrots are still your tasty Laguna Farm carrots that you have been craving and will be in good supply during the coming months.  New to the farm store is cucumber and zucchini squash.  Soon these summer veggies will be filling the CSA produce boxes.  Juicers, expect cucumbers moving forward along with several ideas on how to pair this juicy and hydrating veggie.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Fennel, Bok Choy, Yellow Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms, Chard, Carrots on Tuesday, Beets on Thursday.
 

This is a stir-fry box if I’ve ever seen one!

For a basic and adaptable stir fry sauce, gather the following ingredients:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 1/4 cups water

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon sugar

4 teaspoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons dry sherry or rice wine

From here, for an incredible stir fry, chop your onions, mushrooms, fennel, carrots or beets, and bok choy.  Keep them separate in small bowls.  Heat your favorite oil in a large pan on medium-high. The general stir-fry rule is 1 pound protein to 2 pounds produce.  I suggest chicken or tempe. Cook your protein in the oil.  Remove then add mushrooms and onions to the pan. Cook until caramelized then remove and add to the bowl of protein. Add your beets or carrots to the pan and stir-fry until just soft then remove and add to the bowl of protein and onions and mushrooms.  Finally, stir-fry your fennel and bok choy together.  Once they are tender, add all the vegetables and protein back into the pan and incorporate with the stir fry sauce.  Serve over noodles or rice and enjoy!

Juice Boxes
Fennel, Cucumber, Chard, Carrots, Beets, Strawberries, Oranges, Bok Choy.

 

Hydrate with cucumber!
Last summer, I experimented with a recipe that incorporated fennel, cucumber and lime. the result is a refreshing juice that is slightly sweet and very hydrating.
 
Method:
Juice 1 large cucumber, 2 fennels, fronds, bulb and stem, and squeeze in 1 lemon or lime.  Pour over ice and enjoy!
 
While I love to suggest juicing celery, it is currently out of season.  I can suggest other green veggies like bok choy, fennel and cucumber to take the place of celery.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

May
12
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
May 9, 2016
Dear Members,
The past several days has been all about transplanting our seedlings and enriching the fields with compost and soil amendments.  Photographs say it best, so here is a visual tour of the farm activities.

This huge pile of compost is just but one of the many loads that were delivered.

Lime, sulfur and potash are just a few of the amendments that went into the organic compost blends. After testing the soil to learn what nutrients are needed in various fields on the farm, we were able to mix custom blends based on the soil’s needs.
The compost spreader is distributing the amended compost on the field.
This is all so we can have enriched soil to grow the beautiful produce you found in your box this week.  Above is the lettuce and spinach just before harvest.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Spring Onions, Lemons, Basil, Kale, Spinach, Beets on Tuesday and Carrots on Thursday.
 
Spinach. So versatile!

I love having spinach in the fridge.  It is one of those vegetables that can be used in so many ways.
1.  Replace the lettuce on your sandwich or wrap.
2.  Blend it into a fruit smoothie.
3.  Lightly steam it and serve with salt and pepper and a pad of butter.
4.  Incorporate it into your salad.
5.  Lay a bed of spinach on your plate and top with eggs, potatoes and salsa for a breakfast salad.
6.  Eat it raw, out of the bag, instead of potato chips. (I’m serious about this!)
7.  Add to any omelet or fritatta and enjoy the sweet and nutty flavor.
Juice Boxes
Spinach, Kale, Carrots, Beets, Strawberries, Oranges, Lemons.

Carrot Juice
I love a great juice blend. I especially love a smoothie with tons of different fruits and veggies. Even with these strong preferences it is often nice to have one ingredient juice.  My choice?  Carrot juice! Take 1/2 of a bunch of carrots, run it through your juicer and top with a sprig of mint if you are fancy.  Here is a toast to what we expect to be a long and abundant season for carrots.  Cheers!
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Apr
27
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Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 26, 2016
Dear Members,
Come out to the farm!  On Thursday, April 28th join us with Jill Nussinow “The Veggie Queen” as she teaches us how to cook with a pressure cooker.  (See below)  Also, this Saturday I will be hosting tours and juicing up a storm at the Farm Trails event titled “Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies”.

Currently we are receiving a huge shipment of compost that will be incorporated into the lower fields now that we are ready for spring planting. The compost is afforded through a grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  For those of you who often ask about Scott Mathieson and his involvement in farm activities, I can say that he has been instrumental in helping us appropriately spend the money in a way that will maximize soil fertility.  His ongoing mentorship has been invaluable and Nacho and I are most grateful for his advise and participation.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Cauliflower, Celery on Tuesday – Turnips on Thursday, Cilantro, Basil, Kale, Spinach
 

Pesto with friends!

kale - basil pesto
Your CSA produce box is begging you to make pesto. The first bunch of basil is inspiring to say the least. Here are a few ways to combine basil with other ingredients (some from your CSA box) to make a unique pesto that extends your basil and adds other flavors and nutrients.
Kale- Basil Pesto:  Most recipes call for 2 parts fresh kale to 1 part fresh basil. Blend with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Once blended pulse in toasted walnuts.  Try this recipe from Epicurious.
Cilantro- Basil Pesto: Blend the following ingredients in a blender or food processor.  ½ cup fresh basil, 1 cup fresh cilantro, ½ cup raw and unsalted cashews, ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, ½ cup olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 large garlic clove, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, fresh cracked pepper (optional).
Spinach – Basil Pesto: Blend 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest.
I hope you enjoy these ideas on how to incorporate other greens into the blender along with your basil to make a unique and creative pesto!
Juice Boxes
Spinach, Kale, Cilantro, Beets, Strawberries, Oranges, Celery.

 

strawberry smoothie
Three Ingredient Strawberry Smoothie
Let’s just keep it simple and enjoy a sweet and creamy strawberry smoothie.
Ingredients:  1 basket strawberries – frozen, 1 orange peeled – seeds removed, 1 cup of your choice of milk (soy, almond, cow, rice, hemp).
Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
**Strawberry tip:  You do not need to remove the green tops on your strawberries before freezing.  I often freeze a whole flat of strawberries in the summer and removing the tops can be tedious and is unnecessary.  Simply freeze the whole berry and pop the fruit, greens and all, into the blender and whirl it into your smoothie.
Jill_ The Veggie Queen
The Veggie Queen comes to Laguna Farm
On Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 Jill Nussinow – The Veggie Queen, will teach us how to make meals using a pressure cooker.  Come and invite your friends to this FREE event in the Laguna Farm Barn.  Samples to taste, recipes to buy and signed copies of Jill’s newest book will be on hand.  
Come join us for this wonderful educational experience.
Blossoms Bees and Barnyard Babies

Laguna Farm is hosting Farm Trail’s annual event “Blossoms, Bees and

tour
Barnyard Babies” on Saturday April 30, 2016.  Come out to the farm for a guided farm tour at Noon and 2pm. Enjoy a picnic under our shady oak tree. Free juicing and veggie samples throughout the day. Shop the farm stand for produce, CSA boxes & local artisan goods. Bring a friend!  Open to the public and FREE!  More details at FarmTrails.com

 

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Apr
20
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 12, 2016 
Dear Members, 
Every week we have new arrivals in the farm store.  This week we are delighting in the fragrance of freshly harvested basil.  Nacho expects to have enough for the CSA in two weeks!  
Many of you responded to my invitation to pre-pay for your CSA quarterly, for six months and even the year.  This outpouring of financial support is very welcome especially during the spring months.  If you are in the position to pre-pay and would like to exercise this option, please hit reply or give is a ring and we will reach out to you with information and make arrangements.
The Veggie Queen

Over the next several months Laguna Farm will host tours, workshops and participate in events that are intended to bring people out to the farm.  These activities are our way of giving back to the community while enticing folks to see what we are all about.  Check out our event calendar, facebook page and this newsletter for details on coming events.

On Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 Jill Nussinow – The Veggie Queen, will teach us how to make meals using a pressure cooker.  On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 to 4:00 Laguna Farm will host Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies, a county-wide Farm-Trails tour.  I hope you are able to attend some of these upcoming activities and feel free to invite your friends!  They are always free and are our way of thanking your for your ongoing support of local agriculture.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Leeks or Spinach, Cilantro or Parsley, Broccoli, Kiwi and Yellow Onions.

Cilantro or Parsley Rice

This rice is very easy to make and it makes good use of a large bunch of cilantro or parsley.  While the recipe is available at Lime, Cilantro Rice Recipe, the method is simple. Cook 2 cups of your favorite rice and let cool slightly.  I suggest jasmine rice or long grain white rice.  Roughly chop 1 bunch of parsley or cilantro then add it to the rice along with 1 Tsp zest of a lemon or lime along with 2 TBSP of the respective juice.
If you are using parsley, I suggest pairing it with lemon.  If you are using cilantro, I suggest pairing it with lime.  Either citrus with either herb will work well, so do as you like.  For an added crunch, consider tossing with lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.  Yum!
Juice Boxes
Navel Oranges, Kale, Celery, Spinach, Beets, Apples, Cilantro and Parsley.


Celery_ Cilantro_ Lemon and Spinach
Not so sweet juice_
Juice doesn’t have to be sweet!

On Sunday evening I was invited to be a guest on Mouthful, Michelle Anna Jordan’s KRCB radio show. When I mentioned juicing, she commented that she does not juice because juices are so sweet.  I agree that many juices that incorporate roots and fruits tend to be very sweet, but it is easy to make a juice that is savory. Here is my favorite “not sweet” juice recipe.  

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 handful spinach

1 lemon peeled or whole Meyer lemon

5 ribs of celery.

1 cup of water or ice

I like to run the cilantro, lemon, and celery through a juicer then blend the spinach with a blender.  I add 1 cup of water when I want a room-temperature drink or a cup of ice when I want it cool.  In the summer, the celery is easily substituted for a cucumber.

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Apr
13
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 12, 2016 
Dear Members, 
Every week we have new arrivals in the farm store.  This week we are delighting in the fragrance of freshly harvested basil.  Nacho expects to have enough for the CSA in two weeks!  
Many of you responded to my invitation to pre-pay for your CSA quarterly, for six months and even the year.  This outpouring of financial support is very welcome especially during the spring months.  If you are in the position to pre-pay and would like to exercise this option, please hit reply or give is a ring and we will reach out to you with information and make arrangements.
The Veggie Queen

Over the next several months Laguna Farm will host tours, workshops and participate in events that are intended to bring people out to the farm.  These activities are our way of giving back to the community while enticing folks to see what we are all about.  Check out our event calendar, facebook page and this newsletter for details on coming events.

On Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 Jill Nussinow – The Veggie Queen, will teach us how to make meals using a pressure cooker.  On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 to 4:00 Laguna Farm will host Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies, a county-wide Farm-Trails tour.  I hope you are able to attend some of these upcoming activities and feel free to invite your friends!  They are always free and are our way of thanking your for your ongoing support of local agriculture.
Be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Leeks or Spinach, Cilantro or Parsley, Broccoli, Kiwi and Yellow Onions.

Cilantro or Parsley Rice

This rice is very easy to make and it makes good use of a large bunch of cilantro or parsley.  While the recipe is available at Lime, Cilantro Rice Recipe, the method is simple. Cook 2 cups of your favorite rice and let cool slightly.  I suggest jasmine rice or long grain white rice.  Roughly chop 1 bunch of parsley or cilantro then add it to the rice along with 1 Tsp zest of a lemon or lime along with 2 TBSP of the respective juice.
If you are using parsley, I suggest pairing it with lemon.  If you are using cilantro, I suggest pairing it with lime.  Either citrus with either herb will work well, so do as you like.  For an added crunch, consider tossing with lightly toasted pumpkin seeds.  Yum!
Juice Boxes
Navel Oranges, Kale, Celery, Spinach, Beets, Apples, Cilantro and Parsley.


Celery_ Cilantro_ Lemon and Spinach
Not so sweet juice_
Juice doesn’t have to be sweet!

On Sunday evening I was invited to be a guest on Mouthful, Michelle Anna Jordan’s KRCB radio show. When I mentioned juicing, she commented that she does not juice because juices are so sweet.  I agree that many juices that incorporate roots and fruits tend to be very sweet, but it is easy to make a juice that is savory. Here is my favorite “not sweet” juice recipe.  

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 handful spinach

1 lemon peeled or whole Meyer lemon

5 ribs of celery.

1 cup of water or ice

I like to run the cilantro, lemon, and celery through a juicer then blend the spinach with a blender.  I add 1 cup of water when I want a room-temperature drink or a cup of ice when I want it cool.  In the summer, the celery is easily substituted for a cucumber.

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Apr
8
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
April 5, 2016 
Dear Members, 
Well the pressure is ON this week, with the heat then coming rain.  It is “go time” here at Laguna Farm and with the greenhouse bursting with veggie starts, Nacho is preparing the fields for planting before this weekend’s predicted rains come. You see, nature is his farming partner and she keeps an unpredictable schedule.  The fields are just now drying out from the late winter floods.  If he can turn over the soil in time (meaning yesterday and today), the organic matter will quickly breakdown with the help of the coming rain.  What fields he doesn’t turn over will have to wait until the soil dries out enough. He is still in good spirits, having just harvested the first of the strawberries with pride. (Nacho likes beer, by the way.)
Black birds follow Nacho as he tilled the field last summer

Usually during this time of year I make my annual request for advance payments.  The farm makes huge purchases of soil, seed, compost and trees during the spring months.  We invest in added labor as well.  If you are in a position to pre-pay for your CSA boxes on a quarterly or bi-yearly schedule, this would really help us out.  I love that our farm charges members weekly as it makes CSA membership accessible to more people.  I also know that some folks are willing to pre-pay in advance.  No pressure, but if you would like to help the farm in this way, hit reply or give us a ring and we will make arrangements. 
Thank you so very much, and be well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Navel Oranges, Celery, Green Garlic or Leeks, Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, Radishes or Turnips.

Kale
Bobby Flay_s Sauteed Kale
Bobby Flay’s Sauteed Kale.
The Food Network’s Bobby Flay presents a simple way to enjoy kale with a Sauteed Kale Recipe.  I have adapted it slightly to reflect the ingredients found in your CSA produce box.  
Heat 2T olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bottom portions of your green garlic, sliced and cook until soft, but not colored. Raise heat to high, add 1/2 cup veggie stock or water and 1 bunch kale that has been rinsed and roughly chopped. Toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a dash of red wine or balsamic vinegar.

Juice Boxes
Navel Oranges, Kale, Apples, Celery, Spinach, Meyer Lemons, Ginger.


Lemon-Orange with Apple Green Smoothie 

1/2 large lemon, peeled

1 large orange, peeled

1 large apple, cored

2 cups or handfuls baby spinach (or other leafy green)

8 ounces of filtered of water

I suggest putting the liquid and soft fruit into the blender first.  While Tracy, the author of the recipe recommends adding the spinach last, I suggest adding your greens to the liquid slurry.  This way if you have a lower-powered blender, the greens will blend thoroughly.  Finally add the apple. This recipe was found at the Incredible Smoothies website.  I highly suggest looking through Tracy’s recipes as she has wonderful smoothie tips and interesting added ingredients that will enhance your juicing and blending experience.

Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

Laguna Farm | 1764 Cooper Road | Sebastopol, | CA | 95472


Apr
1
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 29, 2016
Dear Members,

Recently I have been talking with the good folks that run our area health centers. With diabetes on the rise and the strong link between healthy eating and good health, it is no wonder our health centers are reaching out to local farms while sourcing ingredients for their wellness classes.  Along with The 7 Minute Workout, among other lessons, they are teaching cooking classes that incorporate local and fresh produce into culturally significant meals.  Laguna Farm is happy to work with our area health centers and hope to continue to broaden our reach throughout the community.

laguna kids
This brings me to want to thank all the adults that are bringing little ones to the farm.  I have seen toddlers un-boxing their CSA with such delight.  I love seeing preschoolers retrieve a blue basket and and fill it with all things healthy and fresh.  Even teenagers, begging for kale and parsnips brightened up the darkest winter afternoon.  It is during these younger years that we develop our taste for food.  By encouraging healthy eating, perhaps the conditions the local health centers are trying to prevent will be a diminished threat to the next generation.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Saute’ Mix, Navel Oranges, Celery, Parsley or Leeks, Potatoes, Yellow Onions.
 
Parsley, a Super Food!
parsley with quinoa
Quinoa and parsley salad is a simple and filling side dish or meal.
Bring 1 cup water and 1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Spoon into a bowl; fluff with a fork. Add 3/4 cup parsley, 1/2 cup sliced celery, 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions, and 1/2 cup chopped apricots.
Whisk 3 T. lemon juice, 1 T. olive oil, 1 T honey, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Add to quinoa mixture, and toss well. Top with 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds.
This recipe from Cooking Light uses a good amount of parsley making it a SUPER FOOD!
Juice Boxes
Beets, Navel Oranges, Parsley, Apples, Celery, Baby Greens, Kiwi.

celery apple juice
Parsley Green Juice 
Juice through a juicer, in this order: 1/2 bunch parsley, 5 ribs celery, and 2 apples.  The parsley will create a thick dark green juice that somewhat coagulates.  The celery provides light juice that is somewhat salty and the apples ofcourse will lend sweetness to the mix.  Stir well and pour over ice or enjoy at room temperature.
Juicing your greens:  I usually suggest blending greens rather than running them through a juicer.  Parsley is an exception.  I suggest juicing it.  It gives a small amount of juice, but mixes and tastes great.
Laguna Farm  | (707) 823-0823 | jennifer@lagunafarm.com | www.lagunafarm.com

 

Mar
24
0

Happenings on the Farm!

Laguna Farm Newsletter

Thank you for supporting local agriculture!
March 21, 2016 

Dear Members, 

Thank you for voting Laguna Farm 
“Best CSA in Sonoma County”
Every year, readers of the Bohemian are invited to vote on what they view as the “best” in our county.  All of us at Laguna Farm are deeply touched that consistently readers vote our CSA as the best.  It is increasingly important that local farms stay relevant in the communities they are supported by.  

Laguna Farm not only grows outstanding produce, but we also:
1.  Donate to local food banks and families in need.
2.  Contribute to local schools via auction items and tours.
3.  Provide educational workshops, classes and tours.
4.  Regenerate and protect our precious Laguna de’ Santa Rosa.
5.  Maintain biodiversity by growing over 100 varieties of crops. 
6.  Welcome payments via EBT (foodstamps) with bonus bucks and dignity.
7.  Host a book-swap and exchange.
8.  Feature cottage businesses in our artisan store.
9.  Collaborate with area farmers in seed buying and equipment sharing.
10. Hold a deep appreciation for our CSA members, farm-market patrons, restaurant accounts and wholesaler.  It is such a pleasure being your farmer. 

I am super happy to announce that we have just received a new product line that we are featuring in our farm store.  We are working with a small co-packer out of Auburn, California who uses organically sourced ingredients in their products.   

At this time, this is a trial run, and during the summer, if the idea takes off, we hope to have our tomatoes and peppers as ingredients in these jars.  For now, they are sourced from California, organically certified and promote our farm through the label.  Come to the farm stand to try these tasty creations and consider purchasing a jar.  They will be featured in our online store soon.
Be Well,
Jennifer Branham-Burns
Produce Box:  
Salad Mix, Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Spinach, Green Garlic, Tangerines.

Green Garlic, get it while you can!
CSA members have been learning about and enjoying green garlic.  It is the leek-like looking item in this week’s box.  Green garlic is the tender, young garlic that is harvested before it creates a bulb and is cured.  Simple to use, slice it fine and enjoy it as you would regular garlic in pasta, on bread, saute’d with eggs or blended with garbanzo beans, lemon and parsley for a memorable dip.  
Juice Boxes
Beets, Navel Oranges, Tangerines, Apples, Celery, Spinach, Kale.


Beets and oranges, a match made in heaven
Williams-Sonoma describes beets and oranges as a match made in heaven, and I do not disagree. For an amazing pick-me-up, peel 2 navel oranges and juice them along with 2 small red beets.  Pour the juice over ice and enjoy.
Note:  Beet juice is an energizer, so this is a perfect way to start the morning and may not be the best in the evening.
Adapted from Juicy Drinks, by Valerie Aikman-Smith (Weldon Owen, 2012).
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